Our People - Canada Research Chairs

Clark Dickerson
519-888-4567 x37844
AHS 2684

CBB Executive Director

Research Interests:

  • Fundamental shoulder function and dysfunction
  • Creation and validation of mathematical models to predict shoulder demands
  • Applications of shoulder biomechanics to workplace injury prevention
  • Rehabilitative and preventative strategies for ensuring shoulder health
  • Digital human modeling, Computational musculoskeletal modeling
  • Ergonomics
  • Motion Capture
  • Upper limb biomechanics



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Canada Research Chair in Shoulder Mechanics [Canada Research Chair Profile]

[Waterloo News] February 19, 2019 "How to make the push-up work for you" 

[Waterloo Stories] October 7, 2013 "Reducing shoulder injuries in the workplace"

Application Areas→Aging, Biomechanics, Rehabilitation; Technology Areas→Computational Modeling, Imaging, Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Human Factors, Kinesiology; Faculty→Applied Health Sciences; Canada Research Chairs
Brian Dixon
519-888-4567 x32665
B2 247A

Research Interests:

  • Genomics, proteins, antibodies
  • Molecular immunology and immunotoxicology in fish populations and the design for better vaccines for aquaculture



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Canada Research Chair in Fish and Environmental Immunology [Canada Research Chair Profile]

[UW Science News] June 15, 2018, Waterloo Biologist mentors local teen, the 2018 International BioGENEius Challenge winner

[Waterloo Stories] January 22, 2018 "Vaccines not protecting farmed fish from disease"

[Waterloo Stories] February 13, 2014 "True love makes pacific salmon healthier"

[YouTube] October 9, 2013 "Science Scoop - For the love of fish!"

[Waterloo Stories] September 9, 2013 "Video conferencing connects Waterloo biologist to young students"

Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Infectious Diseases, Inflammatory Diseases, Pathogen Detection; Technology Areas→Biomarkers, Diagnostics, Vaccines; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Immune Engineering, Physiology; Faculty→Science; Canada Research Chairs
Laura Hug
519-888-4567 x31151
B1 281

Research Interests:

  • Microbial diversity and function at contaminated sites (primarily municipal landfills)
  • DNA, RNA, and protein (meta-omics) sequences
  • Environment remediation
  • Impacts of human activities on the environment



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Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology [Canada Research Chair Profile]

[YouTube] October 23, 2015 "Piecing life together - microbial diversity and function through meta-omic analyses"

[Waterloo Stories] April 12, 2016 "New tree of life may hold clues to cleaning up pollution"

Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Biomarkers, Computational Modeling, Microbiome; Discipline Areas→Bioinformatics, Biology, Environmental Biotechnology; Faculty→Science; Canada Research Chairs
M. Li
519-888-4659 or 519-888-4567, ext. 84659
DC 3355

Research Interests:

  • Bioinformatics tools (protein structures, genome mapping, conducting homology searches)

  • Protein structure prediction, and automated NMR protein structure determination

  • Stem cell image recognition

  • Deep learning, natural language processing and automated conversation, AI

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Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics [Canada Research Chair Profile]

The Royal Society of Canada Fellow

[Waterloo Stories] April 5, 2013 "RSVP: Responding to a need"

[Waterloo Stories] July 6, 2012 "Solving life's big issues, one question at a time"

Application Areas→Disease Modelling; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Cell Therapy, Gene Therapy, Imaging, Machine Learning/AI; Discipline Areas→Bioinformatics, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Stem Cell Engineering; Faculty→Mathematics; Canada Research Chairs; The Royal Society of Canada Fellows
John McPhee
519-888-4567 x35341
E3 4114

Research Interests:

  • Biomechanics engineering (injury rehabilitation, assistive devices for elderly, athletes, disabled)

  • Mechatronic and robotic systems

  • Multibody system dynamics

  • Computational methods for analysis and design

  • Advanced vehicle systems



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Canada Research Chair in Biomechatronic System Dynamics [Canada Research Chair Profile]

NSERC/Toyota/Maplesoft Industrial Research Chair in Mathematics-Based Modelling and Design [NSERC Profile]

[Waterloo Stories] February 20, 2019 "Engineering innovation for wheelchair curlers"

[Waterloo Stories] August 5, 2016 "Rio Olympics 2016: Engineering speed for the Canadian track cycling team"

[Waterloo Stories] June 17, 2015 "Waterloo’s $10M dream facility for smarter, greener cars"

Office of Research - Technology Transfer & Commercialization:

Application Areas→Aging, Biomechanics, Rehabilitation, Stroke, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Actuators, Computational Modeling, Machine Learning/AI, Robotics; Discipline Areas→Biomechanical Engineering, Kinesiology, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Robotics; Faculty→Engineering; Canada Research Chairs; NSERC Industrial Research Chairs
C. Ren
519-888-4567 x38233, 519-888-4567 x33030
E3 2108G, E3 4105
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Expertise in microfluidics, Lab-on-a-Chip technology, protein and DNA separation towards disease diagnosis and drug discovery, living cell analysis and water toxicity testing.

Research Interests:

  • Protein and DNA separation analysis towards disease diagnosis and drug discovery

  • Biosensing and Devices (bacterial, proteins, fluorescence)

  • Living cell analysis and water toxicity testing

  • Lab-on-a-Chip technology (point-of-care biomedical diagnosis , chemical detection, protein separation and identification, environmental testing)

  • Micro-scale fluid mechanics, droplet microfluidics and nanofluidics

  • High Throughput Screening For Drug Screening
  • Manufacturing Nanomaterials and Carbon Management



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Canada Research Chair in Lab-on-a-Chip Technology [Canada Research Chair Profile]

[Waterloo Stories] June 14, 2012 "Creating the tiny future of science"

Application Areas→Healthcare Systems, Infectious Diseases, Pathogen Detection, Personalized Medicine, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Actuators, Biomarkers, Biomaterials, Imaging, Machine Learning/AI, Medical Devices, Microfabrication, Microfluids, Sensors, Vaccines; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedicine, Biophysics, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Biosystem Engineering, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Nanotechnology; Faculty→Engineering; Canada Research Chairs
Ehsan Toyserkani
519-888-4567 x37560
EC4 1031
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Expertise in additive manufacturing of biodegradable scaffolds for regenerative medicine and tissue engineering applications, optical sensors for biomedical area.

Research Interests:

  • Tissue engineering and biodegradable implants for regenerative medicine (3D printing)

  • Bio-additive and microscale-additive manufacturing (opto-mechanical sensors, smart structures, developed through additive manufacturing)

  • Novel multi-scale additive manufacturing technologies for biomedical, oil/gas and manufacturing sectors

  • Laser-based fabrication techniques with particular focus on direct write processes in micro- and macro-scale

  • Modeling, sensing and real-time control of laser-based manufacturing techniques

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Canada Research Chair in Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing  [Canada Research Chair Profile]

[Office of Research News] May 8,2018 "Waterloo researchers named Canada Research Chairs" 

[YouTube Lecture] May 6, 2014 "Additive manufacturing"

Office of Research - Technology Transfer & Commercialization:

Application Areas→Healthcare Systems, Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Biomaterials, Computational Modeling, Imaging, Microfabrication, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering; Faculty→Engineering; Canada Research Chairs; University Research Chairs
Justin Wan
519-888-4567 x34468
DC 3625

Research Interests:

  • Medical imaging (processing, registration, cell segmentation, tracking)
  • Computer simulations (biomedical, brain and soft tissue injury and biomechanics, architectural, remote sensing, natural phenomena, fine arts)
  • Computational finance
  • Scientific computing (numerical solutions of partial differential equations, iterative methods, and multigrid preconditioning, parallel computation on high performance platforms)

Canada Research Chair in Scientific Computing [Canada Research Chair Profile]


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Application Areas→Cancer, Disease Modelling; Technology Areas→Cell Therapy, Computational Modeling, Diagnostics, Imaging; Discipline Areas→Computer Science; Faculty→Mathematics; Canada Research Chairs
Alex Wong
519-888-4567 x31299
EC4 2019

Research Interests:

  • Biomedical image processing and analysis (prostate, breast, lung and dermatological cancer analysis, retinal photoreceptor and blood vessel analysis, musculoskeletal kinematic analysis

  • Remote sensing data processing and analysis (sea ice, underwater object, oil spill analysis)

  • Perceptual based video and image processing (noise reduction, compression, enhancement)

  • Computer vision and pattern recognition

  • Multimedia management systems

  • 3D graphics and game development

  • Cognitive radio networks


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Canada Research Chair in Medical Imaging Systems [Canada Research Chair Profile]

[Daily Bulletin] June 1, 2018, 11 CBB Members Named Outstanding Performance Award Winners

[Waterloo News] [CBC News] [Gadgets] May 16, 2018, Co-authors discuss the use of aerobic fitness data from wearable tech to predict illness

[Waterloo News] May 15, 2018 "Researchers combine wearable technology and AI to predict the onset of health problems"

[Global Impact] [570 news] [Youtube] April 11, 2018 "How AI is helping doctors diagnose Cancer" 

[The Star] February 9, 2018 "How TheRedPin aims to take a swipe at the real estate industry"

[Waterloo News] June 7, 2017 "Artificial intelligence-driven imaging research makes diagnosing disease easier"

[Waterloo Stories] January 28, 2017 "Artificial intelligence and the Waterloo-Toronto tech supercluster"

[Waterloo Stories] May 20, 2016 "Breakthrough tech helps doctors more accurately diagnose cancer"

[CBB researcher story] January 9, 2013 "Improving Early Diagnosis to Save Lives"

[Waterloo Stories] January 9, 2013 "Making it harder for cancer to hide"

[YouTube Lecture] October 1, 2014 "Integrative systems for biomedical imaging and analysis"

Application Areas→Aging, Cancer, Cardiovascular, Data Science, Disease Modelling, Fall Prevention, Healthcare Systems, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Optometry, Pathogen Detection, Rehabilitation; Technology Areas→Computational Modeling, Diagnostics, Disease Modelling, Imaging, Machine Learning/AI, Medical Devices, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Faculty→Engineering; Canada Research Chairs
J. Yeow
519-888-4567 x32152
E3 3159

Research Interests:


  • Nanodevices and carbon nanotube-based sensors for biomedical applications (early disease detection)

  • Microassembly and micromirror devices for genetic microarray reading and tissue imaging

  • Lab-on-a-chip designs

Canada Research Chair in Micro and NanoDevices [Canada Research Chair Profile]

Application Areas→Cancer, Cardiovascular, Pathogen Detection, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Actuators, Diagnostics, Medical Devices, Microfabrication, Robotics, Sensors, Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Nanotechnology, Robotics; Faculty→Engineering; Canada Research Chairs
N. Zhou
519-888-4567 x36095
E5 3007
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Expertise in welding and joining, especially for medical implantable devices, programmable shape memory alloys, corrosion of laser processes NiTi alloys.

Research Interests:

  • Microjoining (wire bonding, laser & resistance microwelding, etc.) for medical and electronics applications

  • Nanojoining (laser joining, soldering, etc.) for sensing and biomedical applications

  • Brazing/soldering (diffusion brazing, ceramic/metal bonding, etc.) for aerospace, automotive and electronics applications

  • Welding (laser, resistance welding, etc.) for automotive applications

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Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials Joining and Processing [Canada Research Chair Profile]

[Office of Research News] May 8, 2018 Waterloo researchers named Canada Research Chairs

Application Areas→Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Computational Modeling, Microfabrication, Polymer; Discipline Areas→Biomechanical Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Nanotechnology; Faculty→Engineering; Canada Research Chairs

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